The Kerala government decided to increase the bus charge by Rs 1. The decision to hike bus fares will be effective from March 1.
With this the minimum charge will go up from Rs 7 to Rs 8 and the fare of the Fast Passenger will go up from Rs 10 to Rs 11. However, there won’t be any change in the concession rate of students.
The Justice C Ramachandran panel had recommended raising the minimum charge from Rs 7 to Rs 8.
According to the cabinet decision, the per kilometer charge for ordinary services will be 70 paise from the current 64 paise. For executive and super express services, the minimum charge will go up to Rs 15 from the current Rs 13. For super deluxe, this will be Rs 22; hi-tech luxury AC, Rs 44; and AC Volvo, Rs 45 from the current Rs 40.
The Cabinet meet on Wednesday will take a formal decision on the issue. It was on May 20, 2014 that the bus charge was hiked last. The Transport department’s stand is that the fare hike is unavoidable since the diesel price had shot up.
Bus owners had demanded a hike in bus fares in view of the fuel price hike. They have demanded a minimum fare of Rs 10, but the government has not conceded to this. Meanwhile, bus operators expressed dissatisfaction over the quantum of hike. They also said they might think to go on with the agitations against the government.